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Sew Over It

it’s come to the crunch. The way this office is arranged has officially become completely untenable. For the past couple of years, it’s been okay, but the team has grown a lot over that time and a more accommodating layout is long overdue. The thing is, there’s also a lot of space going unused. Actually, …

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Evil Space Wizard

Deep beneath the streets of Melbourne, something is growing. Something sinister. It’s a dark force that once fully formed will not be stopped. It started out as merely a half a pile of green liquified goop that spilled into the sewer. Now, however, it is so much more than that. It’s Evil Space Wizard. While …

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Blocked Sewer Woes

Whenever we have heavy rainfall, my street floods. It’s always been a bit inconvenient, but now it’s getting to the point where it’s dangerous. We have a sewer drain right near our driveway and the build up of water has been getting so deep after heavy rainfall that it’s difficult to drive our car out …

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Foot Spell

As much as I’m keen on spell-casting, sometimes a line appears that simply cannot be crossed via that path. You know the story, I’m sure: try as you might, you just can’t summon the particular brand of ancestral wisdom needed to conjure a solution without input from a specialist. I’m not too proud to say …

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Explosive Issues

Does anybody know if mechanics are able to fix tyres? I don’t want new tyres. I want my old ones. What’s wrong with them? I don’t see how that’s any of your business. But they’ve… exploded. How did my tyres explode? That’s a great question, and one I’m not sure if I should answer. My …

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The ‘Other’ Earth

I don’t see why I have to attend Human Classes when I AM human. I may have come here via an electromagnetic wormhole that shunted me onto a parallel Earth, but I’m still from ‘Earth’. Just not this one, specifically.  I guess all the customs and the technology are fairly different, so I’m begrudgingly learning …

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Fire and Swim-stone

Do you think it’s possible to blend a swimming pool with a bath? It’s like… a pool that’s warm, but not just a garden-variety heated pool. You can wash in it, and add nourishing salts and healing clays to the water. But you don’t have to empty it every time you use it, as you …

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L’auto è Viva

What’s with cars and their ability to make their way into human hearts? I mean, they’re machines, aren’t they? They’re not even humanoid. That said, they do kind of have faces… you know how the headlights and front grill can sort of arrange themselves into something vaguely anthropomorphic? Yes, you do know. Don’t pretend you’re …

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Bon Voyage

I have to admit that I’m a little bit concerned about the house. More to the point, I’m concerned about the house sitter. I’m meant to be enjoying this pina colada by the beach right now, and instead I’m consumed with thoughts of windows left unlocked, bin days forgotten, jam left open on the kitchen …

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Cooking Up Ideas

What makes a great kitchen? As someone who’s looking to install a new one, I’m learning that it really depends who you ask. My elderly aunt, for example, values ease of access – no hard-to-reach cupboards or finicky arrangements of appliances. My brother-in-law is all about natural light and open workspaces, while my colleague Gary …

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